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The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage. Learn more about MEPS.

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MEPS Topics
bullet Access to Health Care bullet Health Insurance bullet Prescription Drugs
bullet Children's Health bullet Medical Conditions bullet Projected Data/Expenditures
bullet Children's Insurance Coverage bullet Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP bullet Quality of Health Care
bullet Elderly Health Care bullet Men's Health bullet State and Metro Area Estimates
bullet Health Care Costs/Expenditures bullet Mental Health bullet The Uninsured
bullet Health Care Disparities bullet Obesity bullet Women's Health
 
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What's New Highlights
Analytical Tools
New interface for redesigned MEPS tables is now live! AHRQ has redesigned the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component summary tables to be more user friendly. The interface has been revamped to make navigation easier through multiple queries. New features include the ability to view trends over time, automated plot generation, and R and SAS code to replicate the selected tables. The online summary tables now provide an interactive platform that allows users to quickly access summary estimates at the national level on household medical utilization and expenditures, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, health insurance coverage, access to care and satisfaction with care, medical conditions, and prescribed medicine purchases.

The MEPS summary tables have been updated with 2016 data.

New Tabular Data
2017 Health Insurance tables from the MEPS Insurance Component are now available for civilian estimates and public-sector estimates.

New Publications
Statistical Brief 521: Concentration of Health Expenditures and Selected Characteristics of High Spenders, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2016 In 2016, spending on health care accounted for 17.9 percent of the United States GDP, yet the majority of this spending was concentrated in a relatively small percentage of the population. In fact, about 15 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population had no health care expenditures in 2016, and only 5 percent of the population accounted for half of health care spending. In this Statistical Brief, data from the MEPS-HC are used to describe the overall concentration of health care expenses across the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2016. In addition, different spending tiers are compared on selected dimensions including age, race/ethnicity, type of medical service, and aggregate spending distributions by source of payment.

Statistical Brief 520: Average Expense per Visit for Adults for Practices Identified as Usual Source of Care Providers during 2016, by Practice Characteristics—Results from the MEPS Medical Organizations Survey The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) supplemental Medical Organizations Survey (MOS) is designed to provide nationally representative estimates of the characteristics of patients' USCs and to support analyses of the association between practice characteristics and patients' experiences with care, including access to care, service use, quality of care, and expenditures. This is the first federal survey that has the capability of directly linking practice characteristics with patients' experiences. The MEPS MOS was funded in part by support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the data were collected for calendar years 2015 and 2016. Estimates presented in this Brief reflect average expense per visit for adults for practices identified as usual source of care providers during 2016, by practice characteristics.

Research Findings 40: Uninsured All Year, 2013-2016: Estimates for Non-Elderly Adults by Selected Population Sub-groups and State Medicaid Expansion Status This report examines changes in the percentage of non-elderly adults who were uninsured for the entire year between 2015 and 2016 in various demographic groups, overall and by state Medicaid expansion status using information from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC). The report also examines differences in uninsured rates by demographic characteristics in 2016. Estimates prior to 2015 are presented to provide information on trends in earlier years.

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